2014-15 Studies in Second Language Acquisition (SSLA) Editorial Assistant (due 31 Jan 14)

Studies in Second Language Acquisition (SSLA) will be hiring a senior graduate student to serve as Editorial Assistant for 2014-2015. The position is for the university budgetary year (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015) and is half-time. Ordinarily, the Editorial Assistant succeeds to the position of Assistant to the Editor. Therefore, we request a two-year commitment. Additionally, the editorial assistant is expected to be in Bloomington and able to work 20 hours per week beginning on July 1, 2014. The current stipend is $18,900 for 12 months, but this may increase. The position also carries a full tuition remission and medical insurance.


SSLA, published quarterly by Cambridge University Press, ranks as one of the leading journals in the areas of second language acquisition and the language sciences. The Editorial Assistant position offers an unusual opportunity for a graduate student interested in language learning and acquisition to become familiar with ongoing research as well as to gain valuable editorial experience.


SSLA will accept applications from graduate students in linguistics (general, second language studies, French, Spanish, etc.), speech sciences, educational psychology, psychology, and foreign language education. Applicants should be able to demonstrate extensive knowledge of the field of second language acquisition and an excellent mastery of written English grammar and style. Of equal importance is the applicant’s ability to meet deadlines, do thorough and efficient work, and assume responsibility without supervision. Computer skills are indispensable. Editorial experience is helpful but not necessary.


DUTIES:  The Editorial Assistant is responsible for ordering books for review, serving as liaison with the Associate Editor, maintaining office files and correspondence, participating in in-house evaluations of submissions, copy-editing manuscripts, reading proofs, and assisting the Editor and the Assistant to the Editor in making decisions regarding manuscripts, journal policies, and other tasks pertinent to maintaining a high-quality publication.


APPLICATION PROCESS:  Applicants must send the following to Albert Valdman, SSLA Editor (602 Ballantine Hall, 1020 East Kirkwood):  (1) a cover letter indicating why they are interested in the position and highlighting any academic and professional experience that would make them particularly qualified for the position; (2) a CV, including academic background and professional experience;  (3) the names, addresses, and phone numbers of three references; (4) an (unofficial) academic transcript from IU; and (5) an academic writing sample. Materials are due by January 31, 2014. We will call for interviews soon thereafter. All queries should be addressed to the SSLA editorial staff at ssla@indiana.edu.

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